Ed Hanfling​​

Senior Academic Staff Member               

Theory lecturer

Qualifications: PhD


Office: Upstairs R Block, Collingwood St

07 834 8800 ​​​​x x8305

Ed Hanfling teaches theory and history of art and design in the School of Media Arts.  He supervises postgraduate research including Master’s dissertations and curatorial projects. His teaching and supervision is informed by experience working as an art historian, critic and curator.                

Areas of expertise

Modernist and contemporary art/design; art criticism; theories of value and judgement in relation to art/design; curation.​


Industry experience, affiliations and achievements

Ed graduated with a doctorate in Art History from the University of Auckland in 2005.  He has taught at the University of Auckland, AUT, Whanganui Polytechnic’s Quay School of the Arts and the University of Waikato, and has worked at Wintec since 2010.                 

His reputation as a researcher and writer on New Zealand art led to his being commissioned by publisher David Bateman to write the chapter ‘Painting since 1990’, for the book 240 Years of New Zealand Painting (2012), updating the previously published Gil Docking/Michael Dunn text.


Ed’s research interests include modernist abstraction and theories regarding the judgements made about art by different audiences.  He has published books on New Zealand artists such as Milan Mrkusich, Ian Scott and Mervyn Williams, and writes regular reviews and articles for the quarterly journal Art New Zealand as well as the NZ Listener.  Curatorial projects have included exhibitions at City Gallery Wellington, Gus Fisher Gallery (University of Auckland) and Nelson’s Suter Gallery.

Highlights​: Mrkusich: The Art of Transformation, Auckland: AUP, 2009, (co-author Alan Wright) – 2010 NZ Post Book Awards finalist. ‘Morris Louis in Australia and New Zealand’, Burlington Magazine, December 2009, pp. 830-835. Mervyn Williams: From Modernism to the Digital Age, Auckland: Ron Sang Publications, 2014. ‘Feminists and Formalists’, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Art, Vol. 14, Issue 2, 2014, pp. 183-198.                

Research at the School of Media Arts​

The School of Media Arts operates across a rich range of applied media practice and theory; graphic design, digital design, contemporary art, photography, moving image, creative writing, interior design, fashion design, music, journalism, public relations and advertising. The breadth of the school’s applied and academic knowledge, combined with a growing postgraduate programme and industry/community engagement offers a unique platform for a productive research culture.